Growing an Herb Garden Outdoors

Inside: No matter what you are going to use them for, fresh herbs are the best. You can grow an herb garden outdoors with a little knowledge.

There is nothing like fresh herbs. No matter what you are going to use them for, fresh herbs are the best choice. You can easily grow an herb garden outdoors with a little knowledge and a plan.

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Growing an Herb Garden Outdoors

Good cooking relies on good ingredients that inspire you to cook at a whole new level, but cooking isn't the only reason to have an herb garden. Herbs can be used in medical products you chose to make for yourself or your animals.

An outdoor herb garden can make all the difference. What’s more, it’s not hard to do.

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Getting Started With An Herb Garden Outdoors


The location of your herb garden is very important. Consider using pots so that you can easily move them inside if needed for inclement weather.

If you do that, you can grow herbs right on a trolley in pots and move them around where you want them.

Prepare the Soil

You can simply buy premixed soil for herbs and edible gardens. You can get that soil from any garden store. It’s easy to find and easy to use. You can also mix your own if you compost.

However, you’ll need to know what each plant needs to ensure that you get it right.

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Choose Your Herbs

Determine which herbs you want to plant. If you use the pot method instead of putting them directly into the ground, you can plant anything you want.

If planting in the ground you need to learn which herbs should be planted together and which shouldn’t. Planting herbs as companion plants with the rest of your garden can work wonders too.

Start from Seeds or Plants

If you’re starting from seeds, you’ll probably need to get them started inside to baby them a little. If you’re starting with plants, just plant them in the spot you’ve set up for that plant.

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Watering An Herb Garden Outdoors

Make sure you have good water. If your water has a lot of minerals in it or smells a lot like bleach, you may have issues. You may need another way to water your plants such as rainwater catchment or water that is filtered without added minerals.

A little water each day is best for herbs. Too much or too little will do more harm and leave you without fresh herbs.

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Harvesting Herbs: Trim or Pinch

Each type of herb is a little different regarding its care. Research your herb so that you know how to prune it properly as it’s growing to get the most from it and how to properly harvest herbs from your plants so that you can keep them growing for a long time.

Enjoy your efforts with your first harvest. Start looking up recipes that use more herbs so that you can get the most enjoyment out of your outdoor herb garden.

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You can even dry them or freeze them so that you can easily use them all year long. To freeze your herbs for soups or stews add them to an ice tray, then add water. To use just add an ice cube or two to your pot.

To dry, hang upside down in an airy place and store in a cool, dry place, or if you live in a high-humidity area like us, you can use a dehydrator. Use them crush them and store them in air-tight jars.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where is the best place to plant herbs outside? Almost all herbs require a sunny location, but some herbs, such as chives, chamomile, and bay, can tolerate partial shade.

    Do herbs grow better in pots or ground? You can grow herbs indoors on the windowsill, in pots outdoors, or straight in the ground. Sow seeds of annual herbs like basil and coriander every couple of weeks to provide you with fresh leaves throughout the summer.

    What herbs grow best together? Sage, rosemary, thyme, and lavender can all be planted together in the same garden bed as they have similar growing requirements and are known to be complementary to each other.

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